D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet

D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet

by Devin Scillian, Geoff Cook
     
 

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What country holds the title as the world's smallest continent and yet the world's largest island? I stands for island, but one that's not too small. Our island is enormous. Just try to see it all! There's no place else quite like it; that is clearly true. Australia is a continent, but it's an island, too. Originally founded as a penal colony, Australia has long been… See more details below

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What country holds the title as the world's smallest continent and yet the world's largest island? I stands for island, but one that's not too small. Our island is enormous. Just try to see it all! There's no place else quite like it; that is clearly true. Australia is a continent, but it's an island, too. Originally founded as a penal colony, Australia has long been known for its contrasts (think: wild outback and sophisticated Sydney Opera House). Accompanied by vibrant colorful artwork, D is for Down Under: An Australia Alphabet captures the spirit of this proud country and its many treasures, natural and man-made. Visit spectacular Sydney Harbor, try your hand as a jackaroo working a sheep station, or just sit back and enjoy a Vegemite sandwich. Below the starry night glitter of the Southern Cross constellation, Australia's "down under" wonders shine brightly. Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist. His books with Sleeping Bear Press include the national bestseller A is for America: An American Alphabet. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. Geoff Cook has been illustrating for 35 years. His career began as a graphic designer, after graduating from Prahran College in Melbourne. Soon realizing he wanted to be an illustrator, he became a partner in the illustration studio All Australian Graffiti. He lives in Australia.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Learning all the facts about Australia from A to Z is not just a cliche in this latest offering from Sleeping Bear Press. Part of its highly successful nonfiction alphabet book series, readers will learn about the Aborigines, the original native inhabitants; the uniquely Australian Zest for living; and everything Australian in between. Twenty-six concepts, one for each letter of the alphabet, are covered. A short couplet introduces each letter. For example: "I stands for island, but one that's not too small. This island is enormous. Just try to see it all! There's no place else quite like it; that is clearly true. Australia is a continent, but it's an island too." Information packed sidebars accompany each couplet, expanding on the concept with historical, geographical and cultural information. The illustrator, a native Australian, has successfully captured the essence of Australia with colorful illustrations, primarily in muted greens, blues, browns, corrals and other colors reminiscent of land and sea. These illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the text. Part of Sleeping Bear Press's "Discover the World" series, this title fits nicely with the elementary school social studies and geography curriculums and deserves a prominent spot on home, school and library shelves everywhere. Reviewer: Pat Trattles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585364459
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Series:
Discover the World Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
723,952
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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